Letter from Thomas Kemper

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As a young man, my life was changed when I left my home town in Germany to live in the big city of London for 18 months.

I had a chance to participate in a young adult service program organized through the Methodist churches in Europe. The whole experience changed my faith and my perspective on life. Living in an international hostel, I got to know people from diverse cultures whose Christian faith was lived out in different ways from what I had known in my little provincial town in Germany.

My own experience as a young adult in mission reinforces my commitment to the US-2 and Mission Intern programs of Global Ministries. For 60 years, Global Ministries has been sending young people into service. We have enriched the lives of thousands of young men and women, and through their witness touched countless youth, adults, and communities. We are proud that this program has never been as global and diverse as it is today. In August, we commissioned 40 new young adult missionaries from seven different countries, who are now serving around the world.

As you read through this month's connectNmission, identify ways that you can harness the enthusiasm of young people in your community. Do you know someone who shows promise as a missionary or volunteer? Please consider introducing him or her to the opportunities available through Global Ministries.

Thank you for partnering with us in shaping ethical, prophetic Christian leaders who are engaged firsthand in God's mission in a world of injustice and need.

In mission and ministry together,

Thomas G. Kemper
General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church

Other articles on the Jan 2013 issue of connectNmission:

Apply Now to Be a Young Adult Missionary
Mission Intern and US-2 Reflections: In Their Own Words
Resource: Young Adult Missionary Video
How to Be an Advocate for Young People in Mission
 

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